FanAmp Fan Favorites | F1 | Week of October 20, 2023

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Meet Bianca Bustamante

McLaren has signed Bianca Bustamante, a current driver for the F1 Academy team Prema Racing, to their Driver Development Programme. This makes her the first female racer to join their ranks. Bustamante talks about her love for racing and how she got started, recognizing the obstacles she’s had to overcome due to her background and expressing gratitude to McLaren.

Vowles takes to the track

Have you ever wondered what Williams Racing Team Principal James Vowles does on his days off?

Well, he simply heads to the track for more racing. After the Qatar GP, Vowles spent a day at the factory before getting behind the wheel of some GT3 and GT4 cars at Snetterton. In the end, Vowles had a great day and pointed out how racing helps him connect with the drivers. Click here to watch the video.

Guess who’s a race winner?

Alpine racers Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly engage in a “Guess Who” game but with a Formula 1 twist. The game features all the current drivers on the grid, including those who are currently inactive. Gasly began the game, and Ocon proved to be more knowledgeable about it. Eventually, Gasly correctly guessed that Ricciardo was the answer to a specific question.

A sneak peek at the Las Vegas F1 track

Curious to find out what the Las Vegas F1 track layout looks like? Join Kym Illman as he walks along the circuit, offering an exclusive first look at the new paddock, the largest pit building in F1, and, of course, the pit lane in Las Vegas. Even though construction of the track is still in progress, the entrance to the paddock club designed for those entering the hospitality suites promises to exude a sense of luxury.

Drivers answer everyday how-to questions

F1 drivers tackle frequently asked how-to questions on a range of subjects, including making paper airplanes, using chopsticks, tying ties, and other non-folding-related topics. George Russell disclosed that his last venture into paper airplane-making was during his childhood, whereas Zhou Guanyu found the entire experience quite relaxing, especially when it came to using chopsticks. Click here to watch the video.

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